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Tuesday, September 11, 2018


(David Dennis)

One of the two Flagship Productions at Hilton is Mike van Graan’s contemporary fast-paced South African political thriller, Green Man Flashing.

The festival runs from September 14 to 16, 2018, in the grounds of Hilton College. It invites the most interesting offerings from the creative industries in South Africa: theatre; dance; comedy; musical theatre; family theatre; classical music; music revue; big band and contemporary music; visual art and crafts, as well as a series of mindscape lectures, events and discussions.

Green Man Flashing is written by Mike van Graan; directed by Malcolm Purkey; designed by Denis Hutchinson and with costumes by Margo Fleish, stars Litha Bam, Tessa Jubber; Michelle Douglas, Sechaba Morojele with David Dennis

The play resonates more than ever before, as it explores themes of personal and political violence, as well as the lengths people will go to in the name of greater political good. All this is played out against the backdrop of a young democracy still dealing with its history, but where violence against women is of national crisis proportions.

Green Man Flashing takes on the challenge of deep moral and political questions for which there are no easy answers and provides insight into the very real themes that occupy thinking South Africans. It is acknowledged as a quintessential South African play, and has become a matric set-work. It is regarded by many as a turning point for contemporary South African drama because of the way it dealt with contemporary politics. But it was also regarded as being more remarkable for anticipating the real-life drama of the then ANC Deputy President, Jacob Zuma, being linked to charges of corruption in the arms deal and later charged with rape.

The festival would not be possible without the generous support of Hilton College, Grindrod Bank, Black Coffee Design, DWR Distribution, Extreme Events, Bidvest Car Rental, KZN Dept of Arts & Culture, Redlands Hotel, Assitej South Africa, Loud Crowd, Sappi, BASA, and Corona.

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The 26th annual Hilton Arts Festival will run from September 14 to 16, 2018. The full programme is on On line bookings is open and programmes are available from various outlets in KZN. Refer to the website for details of outlets.